Substantive Scientific Editing

Our most transformative scientific proofreading service is informed by cutting-edge research on journal acceptance rates. Armed with this understanding, we tailor each edit to ensure that you outmanoeuvre the obstacles to publication from the outset. Our unrivalled scientific editing is provided by expert editors with PhDs in the relevant areas of STEM research.

Substantive Scientific Editing

Our most granular author service seeks to overhaul the style of scholarly work. Many of our clients are extremely grateful for this heavier editing service, which works with complex data and renders scholarship into a native-sounding style, with the tone, diction, and clarity of scholarly English. Substantive scientific editing elevates work to a publishable standard, dramatically improving readability and imparting work with elegance and flair. This service includes rendering all citations complete and properly formatted. We will also retrieve all missing bibliographic information.

Through our careful interventions, we can elevate and overhaul the scholarly register of any manuscript, helping to engage your reader as effectively as possible with your ideas, whether you are working in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. We also relish editing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. With our substantive scientific editing service, a PhD-educated subject expert will bond with your manuscript, making suggestions and emendations that reflect a deep understanding of your ideas, as well as your target readership. In so doing, the editor will help to clarify the respective components of your argument, reconstructing the text (where necessary) to foreground the originality of the content and crystallise your authorial voice.

According to the published research (Flowerdew, 2001), major obstacles to academic publication at the highest level include the absence of a strong authorial voice and parochialism. Lex Academic’s substantive editing helps you surmount these barriers through a holistic approach that centrally involves transforming how one constructs and transmits a compelling, scholarly narrative.

We regularly work with authors following ‘revise and resubmit’ recommendations to ensure their papers hit the right notes the second time around. Our substantive edits are beautifully finished by our professional Quality Controller, Dr Jennifer Swift, from the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading, whose intuitive interventions never fail to bring out the best in an author’s work. Dr Swift’s seal of approval to all work guarantees client satisfaction.

Substantive scientific editing can include editing tables, cutting documents down to an agreed length, as well as providing wholesale stylistic overhauls.

Substantive scientific editing is for those clients whose writing expects to reach a wider public, owing to which it needs to be truly extraordinary (not merely fault-free). Our substantive scientific editing service is proven to make an impression with academic journals and major publishers.

As part of substantive editing, we render your work consistent with regard to formatting and referencing style. To this end, we are conversant with the dominant citation styles for all STEM subjects (including ACS, AIP, AMA, APA, ASA, Chicago, CSE, Harvard, ICMJE, and IEEE). Furthermore, we readily familiarise ourselves with the peculiarities required by different university faculties for the sake of Ph.D. and DPhil submission. Just let us know your referencing style and spelling conventions (e.g., American or British English) and we can begin working our magic on your manuscript.

All changes to your text are logged through Microsoft Word’s Track Changes facilityThis enables you to keep tabs on our interventions, giving you autonomy over the final draft of your work.

We also provide file conversion services and are able to edit LaTeX documents in Overleaf and PDF.

Can we help with anything else?

Ensure your entire manuscript is submission-ready with our extraordinary scientific Proofreading, Copy-Editing, and Substantive Editing. Our impeccable author services include correcting all typographical, spelling, and grammatical errors. Where desired, we can make stylistic and substantive changes to your work that promise a powerful first impression with major publishers. Our authors have published with all of the top-tier publishing houses, including Bloomsbury, Brill, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Penguin, Peter Lang, Princeton University Press, and Routledge.

Authors or publishers interested in our services should get in touch with our Managing Editor detailing their editorial requirements and publication ambitions.

Scientific Proofreading

Proofreading is for those clients who need the peace of mind of knowing that their manuscript is absolutely error-free.

Scientific Copy-Editing

Copy-editing is for those clients who are hoping to improve the overall style and concision of their writing, making a guaranteed impression with academic journals.


Lex Academic are a listed supplier of academic translation services in dozens of elite universities, including Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Universität Luzern, Universität Ulm, and Università di Torino.

Scientific Indexing Services

We craft dedicated indexes for scientific textbooks and monographs. These can include page references for boxes, figures, and tables.

“I was extremely impressed and happy with the outstanding proof-reading service at Lex Academic. The editing I received was excellent, meticulous, and delivered in a very timely manner. Lex Academic offered well thought out interventions, grammar adjustments and overall made my Master’s thesis more concise and professional. It has been a pleasure to work with Louise and I would strongly recommend Lex Academic to all my colleagues, and I look forward to working with them in the future!”

Natasha Gukhool (Senior Rotational Pharmacist, MPharm University of Portsmouth)